The older pattern of the Verbal Reasoning section in GRE General Test put a lot of pressure on the use of aids and methods to polish and develop a large vocabulary for scoring well in the test. There were questions that demanded the candidates to have the knowledge of antonyms and word meanings for endless number of words in the English language. The candidates were required to use special materials for practice so that they could succeed in answering the related questions.
However, the revised GRE General Test has brought a revolutionary change in the pattern of the Verbal Reasoning section by completely eliminating the vocabulary based questions and lending stress to the ‘reasoning’ part of the test. The candidates now don’t require putting too much stress on the vocabulary for the section but still its role cannot be completely negated. There are still questions that ask the candidates to pick out words that match the descriptions given in the questions (Sentence Equivalence Questions) and those that require them to fill the empty blanks with the best suited words from the given options (Text Completion Questions). The knowledge of good English vocabulary is immensely required for answering these questions in the test.
Also, the benefit of having a good English vocabulary and taking good vocabulary practice can come to the rescue of a candidate when he/she is answering the questions in the Analytical Writing Section. Acquiring a good vocabulary can help one express his/her views about a topic in this section in a more impactful and efficient manner.
The following link can help gain information about the importance of vocabulary practice with respect to the GRE General Test.
After knowing the significance of having good vocabulary for the General Test, it is important to know about the various kinds of vocabulary materials that are available for practice. The candidates have comprehensive word lists of the test to their disposal which they can use as per their convenience and choice. Those preferring a jumbled way can use the random order lists, those who like an organized manner, can use the alphabetically arranged lists of words. The lists have all the important words along with their meanings that the candidates can try to memorize parts by parts, as it is impossible to learn so many of them in a single go.
The following links give access to word lists for practice-
The vocabulary materials can be used by the candidates as per their requirements but it should be known that with respect to the new test pattern, the practice of these words being used in the language is more important than knowing their meanings. Therefore, the candidates should ideally practice by making as many words as possible of these as a part of their active and passive vocabularies.